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From the mean streets of Grand Rapids to living in New York and now Hollywood, undefeated middleweight prospect Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin is on the verge of boxing greatness, and is being talked about in boxing circles as being a fighter ready for a high-profile world title fight within a year. Coming off of an explosive third-round destruction of former world title challenger Jesse Brinkley this past April for the USBO super middleweight title, Quillin (24-0, 18 KOs) will return to compete in his natural middleweight division in an old fashioned throw-down with veteran “Marvelous” Tarvis Simms (27-1-1, 11 KOs) in 10-round bout on the July 23 Amir Khan vs. Zab Judah undercard at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Unbeaten lightweight Mercito Gesta (21-0-1, 10 KO’s) of San Diego will now face Jorge Pimentel (22-11 1NC, 17 KO’s) in an eight round bout on the undercard of the Brandon Rios-Urbano Antillon fight on Saturday night at the Home Depot Center in Carson. Gesta was originally scheduled to face Francisco Lorenzo, but Top Rank Vice President of Boxing Operations Carl Moretti told Fightnews.com that Lorenzo had problems with obtaining a visa for this weekend. This will be the first time Gesta will fight under the Top Rank banner.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former world light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver is 100% focused on defeating Danny Green at the Sydney Entertainment Center in Sydney, NSW, Australia on July 20 but has not bothered to watch any film of “The Green Machine ” boxing. He will arrive two weeks prior to the fight in Sydney and is very confident he will be the next IBO cruiserweight champion. Tarver’s trainer Jimmy Williams also said that Green comes in with elbows and head and anything goes and that he is very primitive but throws a lot of punches with no defense. (more…)
Former British Super-Middleweight Champion James DeGale will challenge for the European title in September against the champion Piotr Wilczewski from Poland. The Londoner is raring to get back into the ring following his contentious points loss to George Groves in May when he lost his British title. Wilczeski, who is ranked WBO #3 has lost only once in 30 fights and he captured the vacant European and WBO Intercontinental titles with a an eleventh round stoppage of Amin Asikainen in March this year.
“Challenging for the European title is a fantastic opportunity to get myself back in the big picture in my first fight back,” said DeGale. “I’ve been hard in training since my last fight and I’m ready to box tomorrow if I need to, come September I’ll be in great shape. The fight with Groves is in the past, I still believe I beat him, but I’m a positive person and now I’m focused on the future and a win will put me in a great position for a world title.”
Featherweight contender Juan Carlos Burgos (26-1, 19 KOs) will look to continue his winning ways on July 22nd, as he faces off against Mexican countryman Gilberto Sanchez Leon (29-10-2, 11 KOs) in the 10 round main event of the hottest card of the summer of 2011, Thompson Boxing Promotions’ “PATH to GLORY” at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. Also featured on this seven bout card will be rising Colombian star Darley Perez (2-0, 16 KOs), local favorites Abraham Lopez (14-0, 10 KOs) and Jonathan Arellano (8-0-1, 1 KO), and junior welterweight prospect Jhon Ortega (5-0-1, 5 KOs).
Inside and outside the ring, July will be a special month for WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco “Captain” Huck. The 26-year-old power puncher (32-1, 23 KOs) will make the seventh defence of his title against Hugo Hernan Garay (34-5, 18 KO´s) in Munich on July 16 before getting married two weeks later. “The next weeks will be huge for me,” he said. “Of course I want to get married as world champion. That´s why I have to take care of business against Garay.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former WBA/WBC two-division world champion Jorge “Niño de Oro” Linares is already training with trainer Freddie Roach. Linares arrived from Narita, Japan to begin his boxing preparation on U.S. soil in the renowned Wild Card Gym. “I will do my best, I’ve started a new change in my career and my personal life. For now my goal is a title shot,” Linares said. No fight scheduled yet although some sources had said August or September.
Note: Linares’ handlers want to make it clear that Jorge has not left Japan permanently. He simply moved his training camp to Los Angeles as he had a great opportunity to train with Freddie and get to work with some of the best sparring partners. He is still officially fighting out of Japan, still promoted by Teiken Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions and this is just a new change for the fight camp.
By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Mexican flyweight star Edgar Sosa (43-6, 26 KOs) is confident that his promoter Fausto Daniel Garcia and his manager Jacques Deschamps will join efforts to bring WBC flyweight champion, Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (81-3-1, 44 KOs) to Mexico now that the free negotiation period has started to organize the fight between both fighters. In the event no agreement is reached, there will be a purse bid. Edgar Sosa said he would work hard in the gym, as his promoters do the same to bring Pongsaklek to Mexico. “I’ll do a better preparation than I did to fight Brian Viloria. I think that fight can be won, he is a dangerous fighter, but I will be smarter than him,” Sosa commented. In the case that Sosa would have to go to Thailand against Wonjongkam, people around him think he would have to win by way of knockout because it would be almost impossible to remove the title from Pongsaklek by decision in his homeland.
After unifying the titles, WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO World Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko takes a look back at the Haye story.
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Although they were kept apart and at opposite sides of the building, the bad blood and war of words between unbeaten World Boxing Association (WBA) lightweight champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (27-0-1, 19 KOs), of Oxnard, Calif., and two-time world title challenger Urbano Antillon (28-2, 20 KOs), of Maywood, Calif., continued during a Media Workout Tuesday at Fortune Gym. For more details and photos click here…
There’s no shortage of intensity when it comes to Brandon Rios and Urbano Antillon! The anticipation continues to build as the two fighters go head-to-head in a heated exchange. Don’t miss a minute of the action on Saturday, July 9th at 10pm ET/PT on SHOWTIME.
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Undefeated WBA Lightweight champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum met reporters at the Fortune Gym in Hollywood as Rios prepares for his upcoming world lightweight title fight against top-rated contender Urbano Antillon on Saturday at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California. Antillon was also on hand. Top Rank promotes this event which will be telecast live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing. more photos
British and Commonwealth heavyweight Champion Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora (14-0, 9 KOs) believes undefeated challenger Tyson Fury (14-0, 10 KOs) is nothing more than a dreaming pretender, as they prepare to throw-down July 23 in “The Big Brawl” Pay-Per-View Event, airing live in the United States from Wembley Arena in London.
“Fury brings a dream, little else, into the ring,” Chisora said about his UK archrival’s chances in the 12-round main event. “He is a poor man’s version of (Wladimir) Klitschko – upright and robotic. He’s like a tall tree and, like a tree, if you chop away at the trunk the tree will fall.”
“The Big Brawl,” presented by Hennessy Sports, is being distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 3 PM/ET – 12 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, and Avail-TVN, for a suggested retail price of $24.95. Check with your PPV provider for same day replay times. (more…)
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WBC #5 ranked super featherweight Dante “Crazy” Jardon and his manager Ricardo Maldonado Jr. visited WBC president Jose Sulaiman to express his desire to fight for the WBC crown against the current champion Takahiro Aoh. “I want people to know me, I’m ready for the championship,” said Jardon. “On July 29 I will fight in Mexico City, and on September 5th again in the Vive Cuervo Saloon.” Sulaiman told Jardon, “In one or two more fights you will be ready for the crown, you can count with the WBC support.”
Photos: Team Salita
In honor of 4th of July, unbeaten junior middleweight and West Point graduate Captain Boyd Melson and ranked Welterweight Boxer/Promoter Dmitriy Salita spent the day on Brighton Beach Boardwalk promoting “Brighton Shore Fights” to be debut on Wednesday, July 20 at the Oceana Hall in Brooklyn, NY.
In the main event, super middleweight Will “Power” Rosinsky is making his return to the ring as he takes on experienced and upset minded Willis Lockett of Maryland. The four time Golden Gloves champion is training hard at New Legend Boxing gym in Queens. In addition to his accomplished boxing career, Will saves lives as NYC Emergency Medical Service (EMS) worker. (more…)
Today at 13 Coins Ngamwongwan, OneSongchai Promotion held press conference for their promotion to be held on July 13 at Chang Yai, Bang Sai, Ayutthaya, Thailand- the main event of which is the WBO Oriental 115 Lb. championship between champion Kwanpichit 13 Coins Express and Panca Silaban of Indonesia. Puengloung Sor Sing-u, the WBO Youth Champion will have a non-title fight with Muangkumpee Sakchaichote, Si-pair Nongkipahayut meets Rozami Taiton, of Japan. Rounding out the card is Onechana Sitniwat against Tungmon Muangsima. Mr.Vittaya Pilpong, Pranakornsi-a-yuthaya province governor will be Chairman and Mr. Paitoon Suksomdao, Ratchakram Municipality Mayor will be the CEO Chairman together with Promoter Songchai Ratanasuban, Promoter Pariyakorn Ratanasuban be promoter of the even. This event will be televised live throughout Thailand on Channel 7 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. Admission is free. Click here for more photos…
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo: Brock Ellis
Former Pakistan Olympian Kashif Mumtaz (8-24-1, 6 KOs) will clash with Manny Vlamis (8-2, 5 KOs) over eight rounds with the Victorian State light heavyweight title up for grabs at the Malvern Town Hall in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Friday. Mumtaz caused a major upset in his most recent ring appearance when he stopped IBF #6 super middleweight Les Sherrington in round one on May 21. In 2011, former WBA middleweight champion Masilino Masoe stopped Mumtaz in four rounds on March 19. Mumtaz has previously defeated Vlamis in 2008 via a six round majority decision. Vlamis was also defeated by current Australian middleweight champion Johannes Mwetupunga in 2009 by stoppage in six rounds. Also in action will be super middleweight Pradeep Singh (16-3-1, 8 KOs) who will punch it out with Amir Hossein Ranjdar (8-13, 5 KOs) over eight rounds. In other action former Australian welterweight champion Eddie Delic (17-9-2, 3 KOs) will clash with James J. Giltrow (12-2, 7 KOs) over eight rounds for the vacant Victorian State light middleweight title. The promoter is Peter Maniatis (Peter Maniatis Events).
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian middleweight Garth Wood (10-2, 6 KOs) will be back in action on August 31 in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia when he will clash over twelve rounds with Johannes Mwetupunga (11-2, 5 KOs) with the IBF Pan Pacific title up for grabs on the undercard of IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale’s first defense of the championship against Eromosele Albert of Nigeria. In 2010, Wood caused one of the biggest upsets in Australian boxing history when he scored a KO in five rounds over the former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine. He also captured the Australian Contender super middleweight series in 2010 when he outscored WBO #8 Kariz Kariuki. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez performed a workout for the press in Mexico City in advance of Saturday’s defense at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City against Thomas “El Norteño” Villa. Trained by Ignacio Beristain, Gonzalez was in impressive physical condition. “I’m going for the knockout,” said Gonzalez. “It’s the first time I’m going to Atlantic City and I want to return. It’s a place rich in boxing history.” Trainer Beristain, who was recently inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame, added, “Johnny is a top athlete. He’s a professional and since we’ve been together he has has shown me the discipline and desire to work. I think he will give a good fight. I don’t know if it’ll be by knockout or by decision, but he’ll win. I have no doubt.” Today Gonzalez is headed to Atlantic City with promoters Reginald and Oswaldo Kuchle, while “Nacho” Beristain will join the team on Thursday.
After his win against David Haye on Saturday night, unified heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko has now turned his attentions to heavyweight sensation Tyson Fury. The Manchester-based undefeated 6’9 Fury, who has previously trained alongside Klitschko under Emanuel Steward, challenges the British and Commonwealth champion Dereck Chisora at Wembley Arena on July 23rd. With limited options, Klitschko – who twice pulled out of voluntary defences against Dereck Chisora in the last eight months – is interested in the challenge the pair pose. Wladimir said: “I tell you something. There is another fight between Dereck Chisora and Tyson Fury, two other British fighters that could be interesting for me.”
Sports fans in North America will also be able to watch the “The Big Brawl,” as the event will be distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 3 PM/ET – 12 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, and Avail-TVN, for a suggested retail price of $24.95 and in Canada on the Super Channel network.
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